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Victorian Britain

How did country and urban life compare for Victorian children.

10th September 2009 - 20th October 2009

Through visiting two museums, a Victorian working farm and a Victorian town and taking part in activities at each the children gained a good understanding of life for children in the late 19 century.  Using illustrations, photographs, maps and census reports the children researched different aspects of the lives of real families from each location.  The children then produced small drama sketches to highlight the differences they had discovered in the lifestyles of the families they had chosen to represent.

The main objective was to give the children a more accurate idea of life for Victorian children and dispel the commonly held idea that all were either sent up chimneys or down mines.  It was intended that the idea that living in the country was always healthier and happier than town life should be challenged and researched.

The children learned how to use original sources, either documents or object to build an accurate picture of a time in the past.  They brought the past to life through researching an actual family rather than a fictional one.

Different ways of interpreting their findings, photographs, stories, drama meant all participants had an input into the project.